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Saturday, January 9, 2021

The Forgotton Gift by Kathleen Macgurl

Set in two different time lines each story was a distinctive one. 1861 and we have George, young, innocent and somehow a misfit in his family. Parents are very indifferent to him and it is only his elder brother who keeps him moored to a family spirit. Parents act very strangely but then their inexplicable behaviour is sort of rationalised much later. George falls in love with a domestic in their house. In a bizarre set of circumstances, Lucy dies of poison and George confesses to the murder, believing he is protecting his mother. He ends up in prison but is released on the working of his brother who does not for a moment believe that George is responsible for the death. Neither brother speaks of what is uppermost in their minds and George gets on with his life. Fast forward to present times and Cassie faces a conundrum. Contacted by the child she gave up as a day old infant she is delighted that it is not difficult to bond and get to know the lovely young lady her daughter has turned out to be. Not such a good surprise is to know that the father she always knew is really not her father, and that her actual father is a shady character in a prison. Tracing your ancestors may be a good idea for some but for others it can turn out to have unpleasant surprises and for Cassie the story of George was a major one. Underlying both time lines the importance of family and the family support so important to one is seen in both stories. The lack of in one story, and the overwhelming support in another. It was an excellent read set in the two time frames both very well done. Sent by HQ Digital for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.


  1. I enjoy dual time line stories and this one sounds like a fascinating story. I like the way they are interwoven. I will have to give this one a try!

  2. This sounds good and quite twisty!

  3. Sounds very good Mystica, thanks for sharing your thoughts